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Walter Biggins

Lance, I'll be curious to know what you think of Wild. I started reading it because I really like Strayed's "Dear Sugar" advice column, even when--maybe especially when--I think she's rambling and her advice is either batsh*t crazy or just a license for self-absorption and "self-actualization" at the expense of those you love. But I just couldn't get over my longstanding allergy to memoir to enjoy Wild. The more I read, the more I wanted to hear her ex-husband's version of their marriage or her stepfather's version of her behavior.


Found this old post because I'm still dealing with my annoyance at Strayed over Michener, haha. I consider myself a serious writer and I value Michener (mostly, as you say, the shorter books.). I've gained perspectives and ideas that enlarged my understanding of the world, and that's what literature should do. Thank you for your rare balanced view. I hate the division between "serious" and popular books. Too often the "serious" books lauded by academics are miserable things to read, even if their symbolism or artistry is amazing. I'm aiming to write something that has depth, beautiful words, AND is actually enjoyable to read. Something for everyone! Of course, that's not why I'm writing it. But if most people aren't going to want to read it, why waste my time? Especially when the chances of pleasing pretentious literary snobs isn't that great, anyway.

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